Peel (fruit)

Chocolate-coated citrus peel.
A partially peeled banana.

Peel, also known as rind or skin, is the outer protective layer of a fruit or vegetable which can be peeled off. The rind is usually the botanical exocarp, but the term exocarp also includes the hard cases of nuts, which are not named peels since they are not peeled off by hand or peeler, but rather shells because of their hardness.

A fruit with a thick peel, such as a citrus fruit, is called a hesperidium. In hesperidia, the inner layer (also called albedo or, among non-botanists, pith)[1] is peeled off together with the outer layer (called flavedo), and together they are called the peel.[2] The flavedo and albedo, respectively, are the exocarp and the mesocarp. The juicy layer inside the peel (containing the seeds) is the endocarp.

  1. ^ "pith". Oxford English Dictionary.
  2. ^ "Orange & Orange Juice". Brazilian Association of Citrus Exporters. Retrieved 2021-02-18. External link in |work= (help)

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